My Unfinished Series: Keep reading or DNF it #1

Hi guys! Today’s post is going to be the first in a series all about series. Like most bookworms I love reading series. I mean, the only thing better than an amazing books, is a whole series of amazing books – right? My only problem is that I’m a lot better at staring series than I am at finishing them. The other day I was talking to my friend Winter about this and I came up with a solution: I decided make a list of every series I’ve started (67 you guys, I’ve started sixty. seven. series) then go through it and decide which ones I still care about and which ones I’m ready to DNF.

1. Imperial Radch Series by Ann Leckie


Books Published: 3/3 Books Read: 1/3

Synopsis: On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance

My thoughts: This was one of the first sci-fi series I ever read and I was pretty confused first. Ann Leckie’s world building is so complex, she’s created an entire universe with different planets, species, cultures, gender norms etc. But once I got into it, it was an amazing reading experience and the main character Breq is one of my all time favorite protagonists. It’s been a while since I read it though, so I’m a little worried I’ve forgotten too much to understand what’s going on in the sequel.


2. The Bone Season Series by Samantha Shannon


Books Published: 3/7 Books Read: 1/7

Synopsis: The year is 2059. Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. 

Thoughts: This kind of futuristic metropolitan setting isn’t my thing at all and I honestly wasn’t wild about this book when I first read it, but it’s grown on me since then. It got steadily more and more interesting, and the ending left me wanting more.


3. The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard


Books Published: 2/5 Books Read: 1/5

Synopsis: Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

My thoughts: Y’all now how I feel about witches. If a book has even one minor side character who’s a witch – I’m there. In this series, every single character’s a witch and I still didn’t like it. There just wasn’t anything about it that captured my attention. Not the world, not the characters and definitely not the plot.

Verdict: DNF

4. The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Books Published: 2/3 Books Read: 1/3

Synopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

My Thoughts: This series comes with a lot of hype and I see why. It has a very cool format, the plot’s intense and fast-paced, the stakes are high and the clock is ticking. I sped through this and there were some really tense moments and cool twists – but I never connected with the characters. Which brings us back to the format, which might be cool, but ultimately left me pretty cold.

Verdict: DNF

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon


Books Published: 8/9 Books Read: 1/9

Synopsis: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord 1743. Here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My Thoughts: There were a couple of scenes in this book that bothered me, one even pissed me off, but despite that – I really enjoyed my overall reading experience! The main characters and their relationship is so compelling, it always kept me turning the pages. My apprehension with this series is that it’s so long – there’s 8 books so far and they’re all huge. I have a hard time finishing a regular YA trilogy, you guys, that’s how I ended up in this mess. But so far I fell too invested in Claire and Jaime’s love story to give up now.


Score: Keep Reading: 3 DNF: 2

How do you feel about series? Love them? Hate them? Are you good at finishing them? Please tell me your unfinished-number, so I can feel less embarrassed about telling you mine!

31 thoughts on “My Unfinished Series: Keep reading or DNF it #1

  1. I haven’t read any of this series, but all of them except for Imperial Radch Series by Ann Leckie are on my TBR. Don’t know when I’ll get to them though. I heard mixed reviews on The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and I did try to read it once, but couldn’t get to it.

    I have a long list of unfinished series and to be read series so I can definitely relate. There are just too many books to read and so little time. LOL

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    1. I had a hard time getting into Illuminae too. It did get better eventually once the plot picked up, but it just didn’t live up to the hype for me.

      So true! We need more days in the week for all the books we need to read!

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  2. What a great idea!! My problem with series’ is that doing reviews I find it hard to keep up with a series with everything else I have to read! Plus I don’t think that people want to read revies after review of books in the same series… but, I have no idea on that account! Lol! I should really make a list of my own! I’m surprised you decided to give up on the Illuminae series, I’ve heard really good things about it! But, I guess with so many other good things to focus on, something’s got to give!

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    1. Thank you! I see how that could be an issue, it’s one thing finding the time to read all the books, if I was going to review them all too I’d be so stressed out.
      I’d heard nothing but amazing things about Illuminae, but for me it was just one of those things where it was fun while it lasted – I enjoyed reading it, but since then I haven’t really thought about it at all. But that’s just me though!

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  3. I love this idea! I counted mine and they are 86, but I know I’m not interested in more than 50 of them… it’s not that bad.

    I want to start Ancillary Justice. I’m intimidated by the hype, but it does sound like something I’d like. The Bone Season and the Witchlands are series I’m on the fence about – I liked them, but they are too long and I’m not sure I will be interested in them in a few years.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I’m so happy I’m not alone in having a ridiculously high number. 50’s totally fine, not very much at all…

      I think you might like Ancillary Justice, it’s a really solid adult sci-fi. It’s not something I’d recommend to anyone, especially because the worldbuilding is pretty dense at times, but I don’t think that would put you off it.

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  4. I unintentionally DNFed the Truthwitch and Bone Season series… I wasn’t the biggest fan of them, but I didn’t mean to not finish them XD

    Me and Outlander just weren’t getting along ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I think what got me through the Illuminae series was the audiobooks, the sound effects and full cast made it seem like a movie 🙂

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    1. I unintentionally DNF a lot of things 😂 I wish I’d done that with Truthwtich tbh!

      I didn’t know that about the audiobooks, that actually sounds really interesting. I might have to give that a try. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  5. Love the idea! I read Illuminae and at times I did struggle to connect with the characters but overall I really enjoyed it but I totally get how it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (that is such a British thing to say wow go me) As for the Witchland series I read Truthwitch. But I just wasn’t feeling it to be honest, I did find the world interesting but it just fell a bit short. I may pick it up eventually later.

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed Illuminae while I was reading it. but since I didn’t connect with the characters, I don’t really care about the next book. I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one who struggled with Truthwitch – it had so much potential!

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      1. Ah I can always let you know whether the second book was any better or worse. Same, I felt like I was the only who struggled with it. Totally agree though it did have so much potential


  6. I’ve not read any of the others in your post, but I would say definitely keep going with Ann Leckie! I found the first one a little slow to start, and then ended up having a bit of a gap between the first and the second, but I ended up loving the whole series. And there’s a standalone novel now set in the universe, for when you get to the end of the trilogy!


      1. Hahaha I am sorry! I didn’t mean to dissuade you from the choices you already made. Maybe try and check some spoiler free reviews to see if the vibe for Gemina is more for you?


  7. Oh no! I’m so sad you didn’t like Illuminae 😥

    I can’t remember where I first heard about Ancilliary Justice, I know it was through a book blogger but that’s as far as my memory serves me, and I was so intrigued by it! I definitely want to pick it up at some point and give it a try.

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  8. I haven’t read any of these series yet but I have been wanting to read The Bone Season, Outlander, and Illuminae. I’m shocked to see your Illuminae’s verdict 🙂 I have seen many rave reviews 🙂

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  9. I havent read a series in foreever, much less finished one haha. Im a pro at leaving stuff unfinished.
    The 2 series you put as Keep Reading, Imperial and Bone, sound amaaaazing. Im not a big fan of sci fi either, but I love recommendations!
    Lovely post!!

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  10. Honestly, the only reason why I didn’t hate the controversial scenes in Outlander *as much* was because I hated the way they were done in the TV series so much more… didn’t make me want to carry on with the books though- I DNF’d that series with ease (also yeah, they’re so long- I’d have to really love them to want to read books that size) Great post!

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    1. I can imagine! I haven’t watched the show and I’m not sure I’ll want to, for some reason I’m intrigued enough to read at least one more book though. Probably because I love the setting and time period so much 🙂 Thank you!


  11. I’m so glad to see Illuminae up there! I DNF’d at around 80 pages. I listened to the audiobook and followed along in a physical book and I just hated the way the characters talked! Definitely not my writing style.

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  12. I completely agree with you about Illuminae. It was actually quite interesting but I really couldn’t connect with the characters so I also decided to give up on the series as a whole unfortunately.

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